Editor's message: Employers seeking to expand their business interests by establishing a base abroad may either employ local workers and/or second or relocate their existing employees. Where an existing employee is transferred abroad, it may be appropriate for the employer to issue a new contract to the employee with his or her agreement.
One key decision for a multinational employer is whether to engage employees on terms and conditions that are tailored for particular countries or regions, or are substantially the same for all locations. The employer, in making this decision, should consider the minimum requirements that apply to employment contracts under national employment laws, as well as under regional regulation, local rules and collective agreements.
Global employers may need to take account of positive discrimination rules that affect recruitment. For example, a number of countries operate quotas for employing people with disabilities. Larger employers in South Africa must provide preferential treatment in recruitment to designated groups. In Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, foreign workers may not be employed where each country's own nationals are available.
Felicity Alexander, Employment law editor
Updated to include additional information regarding background checks on job applicants.
Updated to reflect changes to the amount of time off for union delegates.
Updated to reflect changes to the method of payment of wages.
Updated to reflect an extension to the general preventive principles associated with health and safety measures.
A letter with 170 questions on the Government's approach to Brexit negotiations, including the future of employment rights in the UK, was sent to Brexit secretary David Davis from Labour shadow cabinet members on 11 October 2016.
Updated to include information on employers' duties relating to workplace sexual harassment that apply in Ontario, in effect from 8 September 2016.
Updated to include additional information on the circumstances in which young people do not have the right to paid time off to obtain external qualifications.
Updated to include additional information on employee shareholders, a specialised form of employment status.
Updated to include changes to the minimum wage rates for workers under 25 and for apprentices, which took effect on 1 October 2016.